Devin Townsend Releases New Instrumental Album “Dreampiece”

Devin Townsend has released a new instrumental album titled “Dreampiece.” He said the following about that:

“Here’s the next ‘Guitar Improvisation’ album for those of you who cared about such things. More floaty ambient background stuff for a stressed out time. This one is a bit more minimal and I like doing this sort of stuff in my spare time. It’s what I bring to the table in a chaotic environment so I hope it helps some of you. peace to you all. -dev“

Devin Townsend Announces “The Greatest Sets Of My Life” Shows At Royal Albert Hall

Devin Townsend has booked two special shows at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK. The concerts are being called “The Greatest Sets Of My Life” and the dates for them can be found below:

04/16 London, UK – Royal Albert Hall (with Vola)
04/17 London, UK – Royal Albert Hall (with Leprous)

Townsend commented:

“After two and a half years of abject chaos, I welcome you back into the live music world of wonder. We’ve put these two shows together to play all the songs that people seem to like, as well as songs that I want to play as well. I know it’s been crazy, lets get back into this.”

Devin Townsend To Digitally Release New Albums “The Puzzle” & “Snuggles” Tomorrow

Devin Townsend has announced that he will be digitally releasing his new albums, “The Puzzle” and “Snuggles,” tomorrow (December 3). Physical copies are expected to arrive at a later date.

“The Puzzle” Track Listing:

01. “Chromatic Ridge”
02. “Life Is But A Dream”
03. “Yucky Lung”
04. “Kittenhead”
05. “Shark In The Ice”
06. “Devil In The Details”
07. “Hammerhead Sugarplum”
08. “Me And The Moon”
09. “Anxiety In Pyjamas”
10. “The Yugas”
11. “Albert Hall”
12. “Starchasm”
13. “Perfect Owl”
14. “Maybe Over The Void”
15. “Light Year Whale”
16. “FrogFlowers”
17. “Mother”
18. “Southern Sky Geometry”
19. “The Puzzle”
20. “Monuments Of Glitch”

“Snuggles” Track Listing:

01. “Beyond Measure”
02. “Blue Dot”
03. “Drifting And Dreaming”
04. “Sundance”
05. “Minds Are Changing”
06. “The Ocean”
07. “Distant, Elegant”
08. “Replikiss”
09. “I Agree”
10. “Tryst”
11. “Sunset Rump”
12. “The Option”

Pre-orders can be found HERE. Among them is a set featuring an accompanying film that can be viewed on a built-in 7″ screen.

Devin Townsend Added To Dream Theater’s Spring European Tour

Devin Townsend has been added to Dream Theater’s upcoming European tour. That trek is currently scheduled for spring 2022.

Tour Dates:

04/20 Belfast, IRE – The SSE Arena (no Devin Townsend)
04/21 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena (no Devin Townsend)
04/23 London, UK – The SSE Arena Wembley (no Devin Townsend)
04/25 Paris, FRA – Le Dôme de Paris
04/26 Rennes, FRA – Le Liberte
04/27 Bordeux, FRA – Metropole Arena
04/29 Lisbon, POR – Cinema City Campo Paqueno
04/30 Madrid, SPA – Palacio Vistalegre
05/01 Bilbao, SPA – Bizkaia Aretoa
05/03 Toulouse, FRA – Zenith
05/04 Geneva, SWI – Geneva Arena
05/06 Rome, ITA – Palalottomatica
05/07 Milan, ITA – Mediolanum Forum
05/08 Padova, ITA – Kioene
05/10 Budapest, HUN – Arena Budapest
05/11 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
05/13 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
05/14 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinhalle
05/15 Esch-sur-alzette, LUX – Rockhal
05/17 Partille, SWE – Partille Arena
05/19 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
05/20 Trondheim, NOR – Spektrum
05/22 Frederiksberg, DEN – KB Hallen
05/23 Berlin, GER – Admiralpalast
05/24 Krakow, POL – Tauron Arena
05/26 Prague, CZE – Tipsport Arena
05/27 Zagreb, CRO – Dom Sportova
05/29 Bucharest, ROM – Romexpo
05/30 Sofia, BUL – National Palace Of Culture
06/01 Istanbul, TUR – Kucukciftlik Park

Townsend commented:

“Hey all, Devin here. As absurd as it may sound in this day and age, I am (cautiously) pleased to announce a tour with Dream Theater. Over the past few years, I’ve found myself in the company of those cats, and I think they’re good people and of course, a monster band. I look forward to playing things from the multiple new releases coming up, as well as from my entire catalog. It’s a tour that will be sure to yield great musical moments, and confusion for all 😊 Thanks for the opportunity DT… see you soon with DT featuring DT 😊

Also: I know so many of you have been understanding and patient as we reschedule the headline shows from more than a year ago. It has been chaos on every level, but its beginning to see the dawn as dates as being proposed. Please hang on just a little longer and we’ll have information for you soon.

This does mean that most of the European ‘Lightwork‘ headline shows will now be rescheduled to a later date. Tickets already purchased will remain valid. Please check with your ticketing vendor for their refund policy.

Devin‘s headline shows in Dublin, Glasgow and London are unaffected. More info and ticket links can be found here: https://hevydevy.com/tourdates

Watch Pro-Shot Footage Of Devin Townsend Performing “Kingdom” At 2021 Bloodstock Festival

Pro-shot footage of Devin Townsend performing “Kingdom” during the 2021 Bloodstock Open Air festival has been shared on YouTube. You can watch that clip below:

Devin Townsend Teases New Music From “The Puzzle” & “Snuggles”

Devin Townsend has shared new teasers for “The Puzzle” and “Snuggles.“ You can check out those clips below:

Townsend commented:

“So what is ‘The Puzzle‘? …well, its not technically my ‘new record’, its more a collaborative, multimedia art project that acts as a stopgap between Empath and the next record, ‘Lightwork‘ (Due out in March of next year on Inside Out Records) The Puzzle includes 2 ‘soundtracks’ of sorts, (the highly orchestrated ‘Puzzle‘ and the very chill ‘Snuggles‘) along with a film, graphic novel, novel, and a huge amount of multimedia.

It includes many artists (upwards of 50) that participated via Zoom during the pandemic and the experience gave me a chance to purge and be completely creatively free. As such, it is a stream of conscious, and very abstract collection of music that includes a narrative (in the form of a film) and is meant to be a documentation of what the pandemic felt like to me.

Im very proud of it, and I will be uploading some of Snuggles next. Note: it is *not* meant to be considered a normal ‘album’, it is truly a sprawling, complex, multimedia cathartic release that was inspired by the events of the last year and a half.

Lightwork is much more in line with what Ive done in the past (Transcendence, Empath, Addicted, Ocean Machine etc) but Puzzle is very near to my heart. It includes so many of my friends and peers, and it has zero limits on it… its almost like ‘Puzzle and Snuggle‘ are like a modern day ‘Devlab and Hummer‘ (2 old albums of mine) but the difference being the levels of complexity this project included.

Mixing it alone was a nightmare, let alone the film, the books, the box sets etc. (The box set is a hand numbered and signed piece of work that is limited to 1000 pieces).

Im sure this won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, and I would imagine the listeners who are more interested in ‘Kingdom‘ or ‘Deadhead‘ would be better suited to wait for Lightwork, (and I can appreciate that very much…) however, ‘The Puzzle‘ has been my soundtrack for the last year and a half, and in keeping with the idea of making sure that what I am writing is authentic to what Im feeling, The Puzzle is essentially my documentation of the Pandemic and the world around it. It has been a very intense time, as Im sure you’d agree…

The other record, ‘Snuggles‘ is meant to be something you listen to in order to feel better… Puzzle is chaos, Snuggles is calm. The whole project is meant to express that I think there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel we’ve been through. Keeping ourselves and our loved ones together during it all became the whole point.

Thank you for allowing me to continue to make uncompromised work during a time that may be arguably wiser not to =)”

“…And here’s a bit of ‘Snuggles‘ … the idea for this was that when things were at their darkest and most chaotic last winter, I felt like myself and lots of people I knew were struggling to keep balanced, so while Puzzle was meant to purge the chaos, Snuggles is meant as something that gets played during times of trauma or unhappiness. Finding some beauty amidst all the ugly became very important to me, and it took going through the dark of the whole Pandemic to find this.

It was done with the same wonderful group of people who did ‘Puzzle‘ with me.

Thanks again for listening and thanks for not giving up.

Dev“

[via The PRP]

Devin Townsend Begins Recording New Album “Lightwork”, Announces European Tour

Devin Townsend has entered The Farm Studios in Vancouver, BC with producer GGGarth Richardson to begin the recording process for his new album “Lightwork.” That effort is expected to be released in spring 2022. In other news, Townsend has also announced a European tour in support of the record.

Tour Dates:

04/13 Dublin, IRE – Olympia
04/19 Lille, FRA – Le Splendid
04/20 Brussels, BEL – AB
04/21 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp
04/22 Cologne, GER – Carlswerk Victoria
04/23 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
04/25 Stuttgart, GER – LKA Longhorn
04/26 Clermont Ferrand, FRA – La Cooperative De Mai
04/27 Toulouse, FRA – Le Bikini
04/29 Lisbon, POR – Cineteatro
04/30 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
05/01 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 1
05/03 Marseille, FRA – Le Moulin
05/04 Milan, ITA – Live Club
05/06 Dornbirn, AUT – Conrad Sohm
05/07 Munich, GER – Backstage Werk
05/08 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
05/10 Leipzig, GER – Werk 2
05/12 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
05/13 Gothenburg, SWE – Pustervik
05/14 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
05/16 Stockholm, SWE – Cirkus

Devin Townsend To Release “Devolution Series #2 – Galactic Quarantine” In June

Devin Townsend will be releasing “Devolution Series #2 – Galactic Quarantine” on June 25. The effort will feature the frontman’s September 5, 2020 virtual show in which he performed with guitarist Wes Hauch (ex-The Faceless), bassist Liam Wilson (Azusa, The Dillinger Escape Plan), and drummer Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth). You can check out “Aftermath” from that set below:

“Devolution Series #2 – Galactic Quarantine” Track Listing:

01. “Velvet Kevorkian”
02. “All Hail The New Flesh”
03. “By Your Command”
04. “Almost Again”
05. “Juular”
06. “March Of The Poozers”
07. “Supercrush!”
08. “Hyperdrive ”
09. “Stormbending”
10. “Deadhead”
11. “Aftermath”
12. “Love?”
13. “Spirits Will Collide”
14. “Kingdom”
15. “Detox”